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Gilda's Family Restaurant

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37 Municipal Wharf, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5460
+1 831-423-2010
7:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 7:30 am - 9:00 pm
Sat - Sun 6:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Santa Cruz, California
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I have been eating at Gilda's since the 70's. was alway a good breakfast and lunch place on the warf. for the last 6 months we have waited too long for service, when we did get service, it was as if we were not welcome. This last January we waited a long time for the waitress, she was talking with... More 

Thank Dan G
Hidden Valley Lake, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

They've been around forever, always bustling with an older crowd. Food is great, service is great. Have the fresh fish whatever it is. I'm partial to the sand dabs.

Thank ks714
Burbank, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We went there for breakfast as they said they had wonderful Bloody Marys and then no bartender. We were already on the pier so we stayed. Food was good I thought a little pricey. Coffee is outrageous 3.00, seriously. We really didn't want all the meat they gave you and would rather have had hash browns. Waitress adv couldn't substitute... More 

Thank CSS9112014
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We visit Gilda's regularly. The wharf is an exciting visit in Santa Cruz. Many harbor seals reside on the infrastructure of the wharf. They never fail to interest visitor. Gilda's food is consistently good. I would call it like good home cooked food. I recomment the fish as I have never been disappointed.

Thank Charles S
Wausau, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Stagnaro family (Gilda's family) and my father's family were long-time friends decades ago, though that generation is gone and we now live far away with no contact with the descendants. It was nice to get back to this restaurant and sample some seafood. My wife had the Friday special, which was cioppino. It was a huge platter and delicious.... More 

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Santa Cruz, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 18, 2017 via mobile

I love eating at Gilda's. They have dinner specials every day of the week. Their food/specials are very reasonable in price. Resonable size portions. Every Wednesday they have prime rib for $10.95. Warm bread and butter comes with every meal. The service is great. The prime rib is popular so get there early.

Thank Joan J
Sulphur, Louisiana
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2017

Excellent view of the water and sea life. We saw sea lions, otters and countless types of birds while having an excellent breakfast. Sue Sue was our waitress and she was very efficient and friendly. Can't wait to go back!

Thank KJR73
Fairfield, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 30, 2016

Beautiful view, great food and wonderful staff. We love the historical photos and newspaper articles on the walls. The Stagnaro family is part of the fabric of Santa Cruz. We loved and miss Gilda.

Thank Kay L
Sliema, Malta
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 4, 2016

Santa Cruz in a strange place and you will enjoy strolling the wharf. If you are there ,do not miss Gilda's. We had the best steak and lobster of all our California trip. Fun and good food this is what you expect for lunch, and you will find it there. The wine was also perfect and the price just unbelievable... More 

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Cottage Grove, Minnesota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 30, 2016

Located right on the wharf, we stopped in after looking at the menu. We were with a college student and she recommended eating on the wharf. She especially wanted fresh salmon and this place looked inviting. Our waitress was on the ball and immediately waited on us. Our college student had the salmon dinner which she proclaimed delicious. My wife... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Seafood, Soups
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Large groups, Families with children, Dining on a budget, Scenic view, Kids
Open Hours
6:30 am - 9:00 pm
7:30 am - 9:00 pm
7:30 am - 9:00 pm
7:30 am - 9:00 pm
7:30 am - 9:00 pm
7:30 am - 9:00 pm
6:30 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 37 Municipal Wharf, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5460
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Cruz
  • Phone Number: +1 831-423-2010

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